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Jim Thorpe

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above are mountie Kermit Maynard and his trusty horse 'Rocky'.  Kerm's helper on the far right is comedian Fuzzy Knight, and Kerm is giving aid to Jim Thorpe.

Above, blowup of Jim Thorpe from the WILDCAT TROOPER lobby card.

(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)

Above from L-to-R are Wheeler Oakman, Kermit Maynard and James Francis 'Jim' Thorpe, (1888-1953) in a lobby card from CODE OF THE MOUNTED (Ambassador-Conn, 1935). However, the scene depicted in the lobby card does not occur in the movie. The third name in the cast of characters is Jim Thorpe and he tries to knife Wheeler Oakman but winds up being shot by Dick Curtis. When Thorpe attacks Oakman, Kermit Maynard has not yet entered the scene. Maynard enters after Thorpe is killed.

CODE OF THE MOUNTED (Ambassador-Conn, 1935) and WILDCAT TROOPER (Ambassador-Conn, 1936), are among the series of mountie films starring Kermit Maynard, the younger brother of Ken.

Jim Thorpe attended Carlisle University, and in the 1912 Stockholm Olympic games, he won the decathlon and pentathlon.  However, he was stripped of his medals when it was disclosed that he had played professional sports.  The official Jim Thorpe website (link below) notes that he "had some French and Irish blood but he was of mostly Sac and Fox Indian heritage. His Indian name, Wa-Tho-Huk, translated to 'Bright Path' ".  Thorpe's football career began around 1915 with the pre-NFL Canton Bulldogs, and his days as an athletic ended in the mid 1920s, with stints for the New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals football teams.  Burt Lancaster starred as Thorpe in the 1951 bio-film, JIM THORPE - ALL AMERICAN.

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above are Thorpe and Tom Tyler in the chapterplay BATTLING WITH BUFFALO BILL (1931).

(Courtesy of Ken Jones)

Hoot Gibson on the left and Chief Thunder Cloud on the right, have apprehended a trio of henchies in OUTLAW TRAIL (Monogram, 1944), an entry in the Trail Blazers series.  In the center from L-to-R are Jim Thorpe, Al Ferguson and Frank Ellis.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Jim Thorpe:

The Official Jim Thorpe website is at:

The Jim Thorpe Association website is at:

Thorpe is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame:

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has photos of the marker/memorial for Thorpe at Carbon County Pennsylvania:

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